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Six Common Strategy Traps & Six Winning Strategy Signs

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 9, 2019

There is no perfect strategy—nothing can guarantee your business a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Topics: strategy, strategy decisions, Playing To Win, Strategy - How, Strategy Traps, Winning Strategy

Core Capabilities – Playing to Win

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 25, 2019

One of my customers is growing fast.  They’ve added 25 employees this year, increased revenue 45%, and plan to acquire additional companies to fuel their growth to add new people over the next three years.

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Topics: strategy, Core Competencies, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Core Capabilities, Strategy - How

Putting Accessibility at The Forefront of Your Business

Posted by Karoline Clarke on Mon, Nov 18, 2019

My oldest brother, Jim Wick, was quadriplegic. I still remember the day I found out.  I was a sophomore in college. On my way to church Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 1973, my brother, Gary, met me and solemnly told me about Jim’s accident in Columbus, Ohio.   My brother Jim was a drag racer.  The two cars he and his partner raced were Matchmaker, and Widowmaker.  That morning at the Spring Nationals, competing in Matchmaker, a 1968 Plymouth Super Sport Barracuda he’d been badly hurt. 

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Topics: Karoline Clarke, Handicap Accessibility, Disability, Jim Wick, Disability Rights, ADA

Win with Those Who Matter Most

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

“…strategy is disciplined thinking that requires tough choices and is all about winning.” ~ A.G. Lafley, Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Strategy - How, A.G. Lafley

Is Your Business Strategy Built to Win?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Few companies have a clear, concisely considered, compelling winning strategy in place.

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Topics: strategy, Playing To Win, Your Winning Aspiration, How To Win, Strategy - How

Responsible Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 28, 2019

As a leader and/or manager, how responsible are you?

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Topics: Leadership Training, leadership, manager, Performance Management, Attitude, Responsibility, Why Employees Leave

How to Make Character a Habit in Your Business

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 21, 2019

My first job in radio taught me valuable lessons about character.  As an introvert, being a radio salesperson wasn’t easy for me.  It was difficult to call on business people who didn’t believe in radio advertising, let alone our small FM radio station, and get rejected repeatedly ten to fifteen times a day! It was hard on my self-esteem.

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Topics: habits, Success Habit, Winning Habit, Character

American Icon – Path for Scale Ups & Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 14, 2019

A customer of mine, who I’ve worked with on and off for the past ten years, recently contacted me to start our coaching relationship again.

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, metrics, Business Vision, Execution, Vision, Alan Mulally, American Icon

How Fast Will Your Business Grow – Packard's Law

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 7, 2019


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Topics: Topgrading, hiring decisions, Topgrading, People Decisions,, First Who Then What, Packard's Law

Discipline - How to Achieve Greatness!

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 30, 2019

“The flywheel fits within a framework of principles we uncovered through more than a quarter-century of research into the question of what makes a great company tick.”

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Topics: Good to Great, Discipline Plan, Culture of Discipline, Turning the Flywheel, Business Discipline

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